11 October 2017

The Surprising Health Benefits of Technology – Virtual Reality

  • Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that has been around for quite a few decades. In the 1990s there was a brief boom in the technology, however, thanks to technical limitations and the common side effect of making users feel incredibly ill the fad soon faded.

    VR is back with a bang and this time it has the technology behind it to make it work. This new generation of VR tech has some surprising benefits to the healthcare sector and looks set to revolutionise medicine over the coming years.

    The Benefits

    Virtual Reality Medical Training

    Being able to get hands-on realistic experience without the risk of injuring or killing a living person is made possible by VR. The medical sector has welcomed VR technology with open arms and is now a valuable tool for training institutions to turn students into the medical experts of the future. VR can simulate operational procedures, help diagnose conditions such as broken bones and much more. In 2016 a cancer surgeon performed an operation using a VR camera. This allowed viewers to participate in the operation in real time. The operation highlights just how invaluable a teaching tool VR can be.

    Virtual Reality Preventative Medicine

    Researchers studying diseases and medicines are using VR technology to assist with creating cures and medicines. VR allows a researcher to experiment in a safe environment with no risk to anyone. As well as that they can operate on the micro level via simulation and computer programmes allowing them to see how diseases work on the smallest scales imaginable.

    Entertaining and Calming Patients

    As a hospital patient, it can feel as though time comes to a standstill as you count down the days before you are released. You miss your family and friends and are likely worried about your condition. To help alleviate the boredom and stress some hospitals in the US have introduced VR. Wearing VR goggles a patient can escape the confines of the hospital ward and explore an amazing virtual world. The reduction in stress and pain can also be beneficial to the healing process.

    Beating Phobias

    VR’s ability to effectively dupe the brain into thinking that what your seeing is real can be used to help people beat their fears. Experiments on people suffering from a fear of heights have been successful and trials to help people beat their fear of spiders and other animals have also shown promising results.

    The potential medical benefits of VR are vast and as the technology is still relatively new and improving the technology could soon be adapted much more widely to treat a whole range of conditions.

28 September 2017

Healthcare Through Time | Part 1 - Ancient Egypt

  • These days we often take for granted the healthcare services at our disposal. In this series, we take a look back to the days where medicine was just as likely to kill you as to heal you. We go all the way back to 4000BC and the days of the Pharaohs of Egypt.

    According to Papyrus records and mummified remains recovered from ancient sites across Egypt, it’s thought that the average lifespan for Egyptian men was 40 to 45 and for women between 30 and 35. The cause for the shorter female lifespan was down to complications that often occurred during pregnancy and childbirth. Infant mortality rates were high, and it was very rare for anyone to live beyond the age of 50.

25 September 2017

Preparing for Night Shifts

  • Working night shifts can be tough, as healthcare professionals this can be part of your job. If you fall asleep on shift the consequences can be severe. But we have got some tips to help you out.

    View our infographic here. 

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